Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore (from the album Downey to Lubbock available from Yep Roc Records)
Claims are made and territory staked out early on in Downey to Lubbock the latest release from Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Dave Alvin is the ‘wild Blues blaster from a sun-burned California town’ bringing his Stratocaster to represent Downey and Jimmie Dale Gilmore ‘the old flatlander from the Great High Plains’ stepping up to the microphone with his harmonica and west Texas wind vocals standing proud for Lubbock. Together, Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore are the musical bridge that unites Downey to Lubbock. They open the album with the title track, both Dave and Jimmie Dale sharing writing credits, with a track from Dave Alvin, “Billy the Kid and Geronimo”, celebrating another infamous pair of famous fringe riders. It is nearly one thousand miles from the beaches of California to the sands of Texas, Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore paving the way with songs the two have carried with them as treasured companions on their individual solo career paths.
Strutting comes easy on Downey to Lubbock, the tracks mirroring the movement in the title as the album offers a cut from Bluesman Brownie McGhee (“Walk On”) while Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore head back in time to the 1920’s to borrow from Memphis Jug Band with “Stealin’, Stealin’”, tribute lost musical brother Chris Gaffney as they travel into a Tex Mex sway with “The Gardens”, and look to the sky to see ghosts rising in the flames of Woody Guthrie’s “Deportee – Plane Wreck at Los Gatos”. The pairing is perfect, Dave Alvin with his baritone stalking the songs as electric roadhouse rhythms and riffs climb from his guitar, Jimmie Dale Gilmore providing depth and warmth to the stories with his coyote Blues voice, acoustic guitar strums, and harmonica. Rolling waves of melody play an ode to “Silverlake” and raw rock’n’roll backs Lloyd Price’s tune “Lawdy Miss Clawdy”. Downey to Lubbock quiets to hear “K.C.Moan” and shuffles out a beat for the great San Joaquin valley with John Stewart’s “July, You’re a Woman” as Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore honor musical hero Lightnin’ Hopkins with the Blues masters track “Buddy Brown’s Blues” and remind us about priorities in the current political tsunami with The Youngblood’s hit “Get Together”.
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